The Farce Concludes

The electoral farce is complete and the Democratic Party has once again embarrassed itself trying to turn the state of Texas “blue” once more (like always) the revisionist, the opportunist, and the liberal have all discredited themselves more among the masses, by insisting that this time is “different”. It must be made clear, nothing is different, and even if the Democrats did get a victory it would not have made a single difference.

While 50.9% percent of those still playing into the electoral farce voted for Cruz, 48.3 of them voted for O’Rourke determining the results. What is less talked about is the fact that most people in the US already see through the electoral farce—the last midterm elections only saw 1/3rd of eligible voters actually vote, MEANING that 2/3rd boycotted! While the bourgeois media will spread the ideas that non-voters are apathetic, going among this vast majority shows that they are anything but apathetic—on the contrary, they are keenly aware that none of the candidates represent them, their communities and their interests.

The masses already know that bourgeois politics are a dead end; this is a great development which indicates good conditions for building the revolutionary movement. What the majority of people, those who boycott, really need is the reconstruction of the Communist Party, we must rise to this task. Grasp, uphold and apply Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, principally Maoism.

Onward to the boycott of the 2020 Presidential Elections!

ELECTIONS NO!

REVOLUTION YES!!

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We received this image from Houston, Texas

 

 

Boycott the Electoral Farce!

As the bourgeois electoral farce looms near, we have received the following images. The election boycott has reached every major Texas city as well as other cities across the US. In Austin, it is impossible to travel far without seeing slogans in support of the boycott. As the corporate bourgeois media and corporations like Google and  Facebook shame the masses into voting, revolutionaries insist that what they want us to do is not in our best interests. The ruling class is desperate to legitimize itself by begging people to vote. The vast majority of those in the US and especially the proletariat have already committed to boycotting the elections.

While revisionists are happy to serve the ruling class by dragging the masses backward into electoral politics, all true revolutionaries make their position clear: we must reconstitute the Communist Party, initiate and develop People’s  War,  and continue the socialist revolution until communism!

Below  images from Austin, Houston, and Dallas

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Elections no!
Revolution yes!

Nationwide Demonstrations in US Call to Present Dr. Sernas Alive!

On November 2nd, the US Red Guards Movement coordinated a series of lightning demonstrations at Mexican consulates (Pittsburgh doesn’t have a consulate but still held a lightning demonstration) in five cities across the country in solidarity with our comrades in Latin America. Similar demonstrations took place in September at the Mexican consulates in both São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, as well as in Quito, Ecuador.

In Austin, comrades held their demonstration at a disorganized consulate that didn’t seem to know how to handle a basic human rights inquiry. Consulate staff in Austin admitted that they had never experienced anything like this. Comrades in Kansas City handed out flyers and posted their statement onto the outside of their consulate after the consulate locked their doors. In Los Angeles, security at the consulate closed the entrance to prevent a large crowd, consisting of many mass supporters, from getting into the building.

We call on all progressive formations around the world to join in the International Campaign to Present Dr. Sernas Alive with actions against the reactionary Mexican state, and to popularize among the masses the cause of the forced disappearances of activists and democratic fighters.

Long live the defenders and servants of the people!

Long live international solidarity!

Present Dr. Sernas Alive!

¡Dr Sernas presentación con vida!

  • Red Guards Austin
  • Red Guards Los Angeles
  • Red Guards Kansas City
  • Red Guards Pittsburgh
  • Red Guards Charlotte

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Present Dr. Sernas Alive!

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Comrade Dr. Ernesto Sernas García, a revolutionary lawyer and law professor in Oaxaca, Mexico was disappeared in San Agustín de las Juntas on May 10 of this year — he is one of the many revolutionaries and servants of the people disappeared by the reactionary Mexican state.

The U.S. Red Guards join the Communist and progressive organizations of the world in condemning his disappearance and in demanding the presentation of Dr Sernas alive to the masses, poor peasants, and workers of Mexico and the world.

 At the time of his disappearance, Dr. Sernas—a professor of constitutional law at Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca—was in the midst of defending twenty-three Maoist militants of Corriente de Pueblo Sol Rojo, a Marxist-Leninist-Maoist, principally Maoist organization which is active in the heartland of Oaxaca. The militants were arbitrarily detained on charges of terrorism and carrying explosives back in 2015, and although they are not currently in state custody the revolutionaries are still facing serious charges that, if prosecution is successful, carry a heavy sentence in the state’s dungeons. The reactionary state power in Mexico is wielding the corrupt judicial system in an attempt to intimidate and destroy the revolutionary movement in Oaxaca; however, Dr. Sernas was set to present evidence in court demonstrating irregularities in the legal process and human rights violations against the twenty-three defendants.

 As the Mexican state has demonstrated time and time again, when they cannot use the corrupt police force and courts to “legally” neutralize revolutionaries, the decaying old-state resorts to extralegal means: using reactionary paramilitary organizations aligned with the big bourgeoisie and landowners to murder and disappear enemies of the state. Dr. Sernas’ disappearance is one of many cases of state-sanctioned violence against revolutionaries and progressive activists carried out by these paramilitary forces; since May 10 Comrades Abraham Hernández González and Rolando Crispín López have been murdered by similar organizations acting as the unofficial and hidden foot-soldiers of the ruling class in Oaxaca.

Dr. Sernas serves as a shining example for revolutionary and progressive intellectuals around the world, serving the people’s movement by courageously defending political prisoners, risking his reputation and physical safety along the way to expose the crimes of the reactionary state power in Mexico. To date he has demonstrated the manufacturing of incriminating evidence, violation of due process and other constitutional guarantees, as well as hiding possibly exonerating evidence — all perpetrated by the state. He has laid bare the corrupt nature of the Mexican judiciary and unmasked their role as a tool for class domination and counter-insurgency. Our hearts are with our comrades in Oaxaca and the rest of Mexico. The example of Dr. Ernesto Sernas Garcia only serves to strengthen our revolutionary spirit and indomitable will to destroy the imperialist monster known as the US government.

Who are the revolutionaries in Oaxaca?

 Corriente del Pueblo Sol Rojo is a Marxist-Leninist-Maoist, principally Maoist, organization based in Oaxaca which has come into violent contradiction with both the official forces of the reactionary Mexican state and its unofficial paramilitary arms.

 Sol Rojo stands with the International Communist Movement in upholding the legacy and contributions of Chairman Gonzalo and the experience of the Peruvian People’s War in which Marxism was crystallized into a third and higher scientific stage. This year, Sol Rojo united with revolutionary organizations around the world in denouncing decisively the “electoral farce”, promoting the voting boycott with the slogan, “Don’t vote — organize and fight!”

 Building strong ties among the poor campesinos, the workers, and the students and the teachers of Oaxaca, Sol Rojo places in the hands of the Mexican masses the tested and unbreakable weapon of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, a spearpoint which pierces directly to the conquest of power, New Democracy and the transition to socialism, continuing the revolution with cultural revolution onward to communism.

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The repression faced by Dr. Sernas and the militants of Sol Rojo whom he was defending is deeply familiar to all servants of the people who attack with not only words the brutal edifice of Capitalism-Imperialism, and the U.S. Maoist Movement is certainly no exception.

In November of 2016, Comrade Dallas, a committed Maoist and supporter of the US MLM movement survived an attempt on his life by the Texas Department of Public Safety which left him with a broken neck; two years later, having failed to liquidate the activity of Comrade Dallas, the State has struck him with a series of trumped up charges which carry significant prison time. The campaign to free Comrade Dallas has reached all the way around the world, with solidarity actions in Norway, Ireland, France, Germany, and Brazil (among others).

 The respective crises of imperialist capitalism and bureaucratic capitalism simultaneously give rise to the super-intensified role of reactionary paramilitary forces in carrying out whatever deeds the formal State is either unwilling or too weak to perform — a phenomenon well-known to the peoples of Latin America. In all cases, the paramilitaries coordinate with the State through a combination of official and unofficial channels, relying for instance on the police for protection against Communist militants, and transportation to and from confrontations.

The brutality of disappearances and of the prisons which we call annihilation zones cannot be overstated. Wherever the people rebel the state and its lackeys viciously attempt to crush this rebellion, through counterinsurgency methods ranging from NGO intervention to assassination, torture, and genocide. But the stones they throw will fall at their own feet; the blood they spill will water the earth and new militants will rise as they must do, and as they do.

Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, Principally Maoism is the ideology of the proletariat and it burns bright, a rising sun and—as the Peruvian comrades say—one cannot hide the sun with one’s thumb. Even when trapped within the old state’s dungeons, revolutionaries work to support the struggle outside as well as to develop revolutionary culture within. The prisons are another trench of combat in the class struggle; we are duty-bound to turn prisons into shining trenches, lit up by the people’s sun. We say: Turn the prisons from annihilation zones into shining trenches of combat!

Thus, we must cherish and support our militants and servants of the people. This is precisely what revolutionary lawyers like Dr. Sernas do — they cherish and support the people caught in the bloody jaws of reaction. In doing so, Dr. Sernas and the people like him risk everything in supporting the cause of the people – including their careers, and their lives. As Dr. Sernas cherished and supported the arrested militants of Oaxaca, so too must all the proletarians and peoples of the world cherish and support him.  

In the midst of the Earth-shaking People’s War in Peru, where the masses fought and died for a new world free of landlords and capitalists, free of the immiseration and brutality against the indigenous peoples and laboring people, the Association of Democratic Lawyers rose up to defend the heroic fighters, to snatch them from the jaws of reaction. The democratic lawyers risked death at the hands of the state and their death squads, but they persisted and saved the lives of many servants of the people. Dr. Sernas stands in line with this tradition.

As such it is no surprise that the progressive and democratic peoples of the world stand firmly with him — and demand in unison to the vile agents of the Mexican state: Present Dr. Sernas Alive!

Present Dr. Sernas Alive!

We call on all progressive formations around the world to join in the International Campaign to Present Dr. Sernas Alive with actions against the reactionary Mexican state, and to popularize among the masses the cause of the forced disappearances of activists and democratic fighters.

Long live the defenders and servants of the people!

Long live international solidarity!

Present Dr. Sernas Alive!

¡Dr Sernas presentación con vida!

-Red Guards Austin
-Red Guards Los Angeles
-Red Guards Kansas City
-Red Guards Charlotte
-Red Guards Pittsburgh

DSA are capitalist pigs!

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Here are a few critical comments about the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) to remedy any remaining confusion.

For starters DSA Austin was responsible for harboring Danny Fetonte, who carried out years of work protecting racist cops in Austin through his involvement with the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT). For anyone who is not aware: while Fetonte was in charge of Austin DSA, his other organization, CLEAT, was instrumental in defending and protecting Austin Police Department detective Charles Kleinert, who was absolved of the racist murder of Larry Jackson Jr. The struggle for justice for Larry Jackson was a focal point for the Austin left, including our organization, and an energetic campaign was led in his name, which included marches of over a thousand people and the shutdown of many streets. Austin DSA was well aware of Fetonte and his anti-people organizing—it simply did not contradict with their values at the time, because they are opportunists. Only following their more recent rapid expansion have many voices of dissent arisen, creating a public relations nightmare that forced DSA leadership to quietly distance themselves from Fetonte. Make no mistake: this is a maneuver to save face and recruit and retain dues-paying members, so they can keep shilling for the Democrats. Fetonte still has plenty of support from the top rungs of the local DSA chapter; in fact, they are the same individuals who helped get him elected to the countrywide body, bringing the scandal into public view.

While Fetonte is the most public case of Austin DSA lacking scruples and having sketchy political candidates, it does not stop there. One of their city council candidates, Lewis Conway Jr., is a known domestic abuser with at least one restraining order out against him, a fact Austin DSA are aware of but have consciously chosen to do nothing about. They instead parade around his current girlfriend, who helps to sanitize his recent past of abuse allegations and restraining orders. When directly questioned about it, Conway himself only squirms around the charges and never addresses the situation head on. DSA are happy to be his foot soldiers, tirelessly canvassing for him and putting in untold hours to get another abusive man elected into another position of power. This is business as usual for capitalists. Our organization stands firmly against domestic abuse and other forms of anti-people violence. While DSA promote pacifism toward class enemies and oppose self-defense against fascists and reactionaries, they wholesale endorse the anti-people violence of people like Fetonte and Conway and by extension the anti-people violence of this inhuman system. They tolerate the violence of the State, while calling those who fight back with self-defense “extremists.”

We can take up another practical example of their corrupt, opportunist, and anti-people nature by looking outside of Austin. After the white-supremacist and fascist attack that claimed the life of the martyr Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, which seriously injured 19 other people, DSA, true only to their opportunism, took it upon themselves to raise almost $200,000 that they claimed would be for the victims. They used this fundraising to try to prove themselves a committed organization—only problem is, when the actual victims tried to collect, they were systematically shut down by a DSA wall of red tape. No one but DSA benefited from the money raised. Knowing full well the negative relationship between antifascist protestors and the police, DSA used this contradiction to their advantage (and to the advantage of the police) by insisting to survivors that they provide a police report to prove they were injured. Any genuine people’s organization that has a presence among the masses could confirm which comrades were injured that day; in fact, much of the bourgeois media was able to confirm this independently of forcing activists to go to the police! DSA in their greed knew that this would block the survivors from receiving the money raised for them, and the con worked. The masses were swindled out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, and the survivors were left at the mercy of poverty or the police, the forms of violence the DSA are fine with supporting.

The police in Charlottesville were always on the side of the right and the fascists; the police encouraged the right-wing violence and allowed it to escalate. No antifascist protestor that day should be expected to turn to a fascist-sympathetic police department in order to qualify to receive funds. So DSA made hundreds of thousands, and the comrades were left in debt and at the mercy of unaffordable healthcare.

These instances are not flukes or deviations from the principles of DSA; they are the only logical expression of DSA opportunism, electioneering, profiteering, and careerism. DSA, like every other bourgeois organization, does not care about the people, and consequently stands opposed to revolution. What makes them particularly dangerous, and why we especially revile them, is that they carry out this anti-people activity in the name of “socialism,” albeit a mutated conception of it, which they signify by adding the caveat “democratic” to the front of. As the masses become more and more fed up with capitalist exploitation and white-supremacist oppression, they begin to look for new ideas to get out of it. DSA capitalizes on this too by branding themselves as socialists, so they can trick the masses back into the capitalist rat maze, back into the institutions that oppress us, back into the hopeless dead end of electoral politics.

So what attracts new people to the DSA? On one hand, a genuine desire for change and an awareness of the moral bankruptcy of both major political parties. This is a positive impulse among many who could become genuine revolutionaries. On the other hand, there is the negative aspect, which we must struggle against, expose, and overcome: deep down, many who join the DSA, while wanting progressive change, are truly cynical about revolution and act in total lack of faith in the revolutionary masses. They simply do not believe that the masses make history, that the masses are the real heroes, and instead they believe that history is made through ballot boxes and inside of bourgeois institutions. They believe that the masses support change only when bribed, and that there is no way to mobilize them in armed struggle to achieve it. Maoists, contrary to this cynical, pessimistic, and negative worldview, know well that the masses clamor for revolution, that this must be organized into a tempest led by the Communist Party. That we must reconstitute this Party through direct confrontation with class enemies. This includes confronting the DSA and preventing them from sapping the energy of the masses and diverting their revolutionary potential in the interest of counterinsurgency.

So what of “left unity”? If left unity means uniting with capitalists and class traitors and collaborating with them, we are against it. If it means forging unity through struggle with anyone who can be united with in the interests of our class, we are for it. The latter must be expressed through class struggle and not class collaboration. Principled unity is earned by standing shoulder to shoulder with the masses against distorters of socialism, profiteers, and scam artists. In short it means opposing and eventually defeating the DSA and all other bourgeois parties. This is both a practical struggle and an ideological one. A lack of understanding of Marxist theory is what the DSA are banking on to find and exploit more victims.

The DSA outright condemns theoretical study. They shun theory and pretend it is too complex, not only because they view the masses as ignorant, but also because deep down they fear what will happen to people like them when the masses grasp and apply revolutionary theory, which today means grasping, upholding, and applying Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, principally Maoism. We know full well that the masses are not so averse to theoretical study and ideological struggle. While the DSA squirms, we will continue bringing real Marxism to the masses. Militants placing pigs heads outside of DSA events is but an act of protest, exposing them for the pigs they are and treating them as such. To play victim after their track record of anti-people activity is just in their nature. The contradiction between revolutionaries and the DSA is the contradiction between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat. It is an antagonistic contradiction, and we will not mistake it for anything less. Pigs’ heads are expressed politics. We exist to undertake politics by other means against the bourgeoisie of this country.

Democratic Socialists of America are capitalist pigs in collusion with US imperialism!

Boycott the electoral farce!

Elections, no! Revolution, yes!!

Red Guards Austin, 2018

Action against US Imperialist Election

An action was taken on behalf of the boycott of the bourgeois elections. Militants placed severed pigs heads and placards protesting the elections at polling places and campaign offices in and around  Austin. We received the following photographs.

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severed pig head outside of imperialist Robert Francis O’Rourke’s campaign office, the note appears to be written in blood

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Sign reads, Cruz and O’Rourke are imperialist pigs. Elections, no! Revolution, yes! 

If you have photos of actions taken against the bourgeois elections email them to redguardsaustin@protonmail.com

Death to US imperialism! 
Boycott the bourgeois elections! 
Elections no! Revolution yes!

-Red Guards  Austin, 2018

 

 

Antifascist Victory, Case Dismissed!

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On December 9th of 2017, four antifascists were arrested confronting the reactionary organization Hiwaymen. Two of these comrades received serious, first-degree felony charges for allegedly assaulting DPS state troopers with axe and sledgehammer handles attached to red flags.  These charges carry decades in the enemy’s prison. We are happy to announce that the comrade with the most serious charges has had the case dismissed. The storm troopers of the ruling class lost another battle against Communists.  No matter how many of us they arrest or set up we will always produce more Communist fighters, and we cannot be stopped.

This victory was won through fighting, by refusing to settle for business as usual, refusing to settle on unjust plea bargains offered by the desperate State.  We wish to be clear: we do not consider using revolutionary violence against fascists as anything but a service to the people, and we do not consider using self-defense against the reactionary police who regularly make violent attacks on us to be a crime.  The reactionary, decaying old State are the only people backward enough to consider these acts criminal, so they make up charges knowing full well they cannot convict.  In these battles we consider it correct to rebel against reactionaries, to fight back and resist their attempts to apprehend us. We applaud the courage of the political prisoners who took charges while serving the people, and we celebrate this victory.

We wish to extend special thanks to all those who held fundraisers, especially our comrades in Los Angeles. Comrade Dallas who donated some of the money raised for him to the victorious defendant so that legal representation could be procured.  We thank and applaud every individual supporter who donated online to the defense of these comrades.  Behind every blow we strike there is an army of supporters who are not on the front line who do the crucial work of prisoner support, raising bail money, and securing defense. This work is just as important and honorable as physically confronting fascism and the police in the streets. We will continue doing our modest work and we will be successful with the continued support we overwhelmingly receive. Communists fear nothing; jail or even death will not impede the march of our class.

The fight is not yet over; one of the arrested comrades still has serious charges yet to be dismissed. These charges lack evidence and we are confident in a favorable outcome. For our supporters and those reading this: we encourage you to get involved in genuine red antifascism, to reject the bourgeois leadership of revisionists. Maoism leads in antifascism; this has been proven in practice with demonstrable results.  Do not allow fearmongering promoted by liberals to discourage the use of revolutionary violence.  Do not allow the incorrect “leadership” of revisionists to liquidate combative action in our city.

Drown fascism in a sea of resistance!
Dare to struggle, dare to win!
Todos somos antifascistas!

-Red Guards Austin, 2018